Case Management of Poverty

    Location: Baxter Hall: 101 Lovell Lecture Room
    Date: 10/15/19
    Time: 12:00PM - 1:00PM


    Can Intensive Case Management Move people out of poverty?


    Lecture by PBK Visiting Scholar: James X. Sullivan.  Pizza served at 11:45.  Talk from 12:10-12:50.

    Current approaches to fighting poverty, at both the national and local level, tend to address the symptoms rather than the causes of poverty. While these programs provide critical temporary benefits to those facing hardship, they are limited in their ability to provide a permanent solution to poverty. There is renewed attention within both the policy and service provider communities for a more innovative approach to help people living in poverty gain self-sufficiency. This lecture would discuss a new, more comprehensive approach to fighting poverty where social service providers work more closely with clients to address obstacles to self-sufficiency and improve economic well-being. We will discuss the evidence from a randomized controlled trial evaluation of an intensive case management program on labor market and other key outcomes for families currently struggling with poverty. The results provide strong evidence that a more comprehensive approach has the potential to improve outcomes for the most vulnerable populations.

    James Sullivan is a Professor of Economics and Gilbert F. Schaefer College Chair at the University of Notre Dame. Professor Sullivan was recently appointed to the U.S. Commission on Social Impact Partnerships and serves on the National Poverty Center Advisory Board. His research examines the effectiveness of anti-poverty programs at the national, state, and local level. He also studies the consumption, saving, and borrowing behavior of poor households, as well as poverty and inequality measurement. Sullivan has published numerous journal articles and book chapters, many of which appear in the top economics journals. Sullivan currently serves as Director of the Wilson Sheehan Lab for Economic Opportunities (LEO), a research center he co-founded in 2012 that works with service providers and policymakers to identify evidence-based solutions to poverty in America. LEO evaluates program effectiveness using randomized controlled trial experiments and quasi-experimental methods, often relying on administrative data.

    Ticket Information: free and open to the public

    For more information please contact:
    Jeffrey Beck
    Event ID:44961

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